An Honorable Career: Betsy Flood

Today, Betsy Flood was one of 24 Big Ten student-athletes named “Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Winners” for the 2011-12 academic year. She was chosen from a group of 300 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — University of Iowa seniors Betsy Flood and Matt Gatens are two of 24 Big Ten student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2011-12 academic year, the conference office announced Wednesday.  Betsy, along with all those honored, distinguished herself through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, she was an excellent student and time and time again, demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Betsy is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Iowa track and field/cross country history. The two-time team captain is a five-time Big Ten Championships runner-up (3k, 3x5k, 10k) and ranks among Iowa’s track and field all-time top 10 performers in the 800 indoor, 1,500, mile, 3k indoor, 3k outdoor, 5k indoor, 5k outdoor and 10k outdoor. She also ranks among Iowa’s top 10 cross country performers in the 3k and 6k and is the school record holder on the 6,400-meter relay.

Betsy (far right) with her Drake Relays’ Champion 4x1600m team from Iowa

She is also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and has been on the USTFCCCA All-Academic team four times. The Des Moines, Iowa, native is active in the University of Iowa Day of Caring and co-founder of Healthy Hawks, an organization of Iowa student-athletes that visits area elementary schools to promote health and nutrition. Flood also coaches on the Girls on the Run program for elementary students that teaches students about personal values and self-confidence.

Just another reason we are very proud of Betsy Flood!

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